EATING WITH YOUR HANDS
Most people in many countries of Africa, the Middle East, and the Indian subcontinent eat with their hands. It is not such a common practice in Western countries, especially in restaurants, let alone classic fine dining rooms. In Fact, it would be almost unthinkable to pick anything up with your fingers other than bread and perhaps canapés.
Touch is such an important sense- there are millions of nerve endings in our fingertips, and once we touch our food with our hands, the brain signals our stomach that we are ready to eat. This helps the stomach in getting ready to prepare itself for the food, thus improving digestion. It also anticipates what you are about to eat, in a way that you couldn´t with a fork or spoon. Through your fingers, you gather information regarding temperature, texture, softness…you might also avoid burning your mouth! Touch makes you immediately engage with your food, so it makes for a more mindful eating experience.
I am personally a very sensorial person, I find eating with my hands pure joy! I am also otherwise a rapid eater, however, I tend to slow the pace without cutlery, so I end up ingesting less by the time I feel my satiety fulfilled - this makes for a better digestion.
At Kebab Queen, I design the menu and all the preparations in a way that everything can be consumed with your hands - by default we don´t give you cutlery – but we consider ourselves a fine dining place. We strongly believe in the food experience of eating with your hands, the engagement that it creates, and the happiness that it brings.
… We encourage people not to give that up over the use of utensils - after all, they have been in so many places before your own mouth.